Wenig begeistert zeigt sich Pete Bradshaw über die Wahl der Berlinale-Jury für den Gewinner des Goldenen Bären:
„Brexit. Trump. And now the Berlin film festival jury’s Golden Bear announcement. Truly, we are living through an age of catastrophe. To the impolite astonishment of many, this year’s Golden Bear has gone to Touch Me Not, by the Romanian director Adina Pintilie.
This is a quasi-fictional documentary essay about sexuality, which deluged me in a tidal wave of depression at how embarrassingly awful it was, at its mediocrity, its humourless self-regard, its fatuous and shallow approach to its ostensible theme of intimacy, and the clumsy way all this was sneakily elided with Euro-hardcore cliches about BDSM, alternative sexualities, fetishism and exhibitionism. (…)
I personally think that the calamitous elevation of Touch Me Not, at the expense of better films, is a very Berlin experience. It is often an exasperatingly featureless festival that has terrific films hidden in its programme, films which are there to be discovered, by and large not in its official competition. It is a festival that somehow manages to promote the dullest and most valueless films in its lineup, leaving the good stuff to be revealed almost by accident. (…)
Part of me wishes Adine Pintilie well with her film — but its sheer embarrassing silliness and self-congratulation was very depressing.“
(Peter Bradshaw im Guardian)